Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa

Media and cultural diversity

The Pacific Journalism Review: Te Koakoa is a peer-reviewed journal examining media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Founded in 1994 at the University of Papua New Guinea, PJR has been published since 2007 by the Pacific Media Centre in the School of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology, and has links with the University of the South Pacific. PJR is a ranked journal with DOAJ, SCOPUS metrics and Web of Science.

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Current edition: 'Media Freedom in Melanesia', Vol. 26, No 1, July 2020 
| Next edition call for papers - 'Rethinking the Social World': November 2020


PJR February 2017 launch


Special PJR Melanesian edition offers voice to the voiceless (v26n1)


Hostile media environments in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and West Papua pose growing challenges to the Melanesian region’s democracies, says Pacific Journalism Review in its latest edition.

The New Zealand-based research journal warns that laws and cultural restrictions are providing barriers to open information and are silencing journalists.

Read more about Special PJR Melanesian edition offers voice to the voiceless (v26n1)

Current Issue

Vol. 26 No. 1 (2020): Media freedom in Melanesia
Published: 31-07-2020

Editors: Kasun Ubayasiri, Faith Valencia-Forrester, David Robie, Philip Cass and Nicole Gooch

The sovereign states of Melanesia are countries where the yoke of colonialism and struggles for independence are still within living memory. There are territories within Melanesia where the questions and complexities associated with achieving self-determination are very much live issues. In West Papua, this issue is one over which blood continues to be spilt. As these countries, and the communities within them, grapple with political-economic and technical shifts, the need for independent journalism is self-evident. However, journalists, editors, publishers and media owners face a barrage of challenges to their ability to operate free from repression or coercion by those who wield power in their societies. This special issue of Pacific Journalism Review on Media Freedom in Melanesia draws upon a growing need to discuss media freedom in the region - a distinct sub-region of Oceania that comprises the autonomous region of Bougainville, Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, the Torres Strait Islands and West Papua. The core of the papers was delivered at the Melanesia Media Freedom Forum (MMFF) conference in Brisbane, Queensland, on 11-12 November 2019.

Managing editor: David Robie
Frontline editor: Wendy Bacon
Associate editor and reviews editor: Philip Cass
Assistant editors: Khariah A. Rahman, Nicole Gooch
Online editor: David Robie
Designer: Del Abcede
Proof reader: Linnéa Eltes
Cover: Pamela Valenzuela
Tuwhera OJS online support: Luqman Hayes and Donna Coventry
Print edition: PinkLime

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